Just when you think Washington politics couldn’t get dirtier, Congress finds a new low.
To hold onto their illegal ObamaCare subsidy that no other American earning $174,000 could get, members of Congress are trying to silence the subsidy’s chief critic, Sen. David Vitter, by dredging up a 2007 unproven accusation that Vitter patronized a prostitute before being elected to the Senate.
Shockingly, the cabal also proposes that any member of Congress who votes for Vitter’s proposal would be ineligible for the subsidy if Vitter fails and the subsidy stays. Has anyone in Congress read the Constitution? You can’t make a lawmaker’s future remuneration dependent on how he votes.
At the center of this tawdry cabal are none other than the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Here are the facts behind the stench:
The Affordable Care Act Sect. 1312(d) requires that members of Congress and their staffs enroll in the health plans offered on the exchanges. The thinking behind that provision is that what’s good enough for the public ought to be good enough for Congress.
It sounded good in 2010, when the law was enacted, but now politicians are getting cold feet.
Until now, members of Congress received a 75% subsidy funded by taxpayers to enroll in the Federal Health Benefits Program. Signing up for ObamaCare will cost them thousands of dollars because the law does not entitle anyone earning $174,000 (base salary for Congress) to get a subsidy.
Yikes! Congress doesn’t think the Affordable Care Act is affordable for them.
Just before Congress’ August recess, Republican and Democratic leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Reid, pressed President Obama to do something. Ignoring the fact that the president has no constitutional authority to change the law and arrange for a subsidy that will cost taxpayers at least $55 million a year, members of Congress put their self-interest first.
The president complied and weaseled an illegal arrangement with the Office of Personnel Management to award members of Congress and their staff a 75% subsidy to pay for their own ObamaCare health plans. It’s in a new official OPM ruling.
But surprise, surprise: There’s still a handful of lawmakers with scruples. Vitter of Louisiana, along with fellow Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah, held up a Senate vote last week on an unrelated energy bill by trying to attach an amendment eliminating Congress’ ObamaCare subsidy. In the House, Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida offered the same measure. (IBD)
Like the president said, “of you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” Well, unless you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who can’t. Including, it turns out, lots of Walgreens employees (via Ed Morrissey):
Walgreen Co. (WAG), the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage. Walgreen’s decision affects about 160,000 current employees and follows similar action this year by Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) As an alternative to administering a traditional health plan, all three will send their employees to an exchange run by Aon Plc.
IBM and GE recently announced similar changes in their retirees plans, which are not to be confused with UPS’ decision to drop spousal coverage.
As the CBS correspondent points out, Walgreens made this move to insulate itself from anticipated rising healthcare costs, which Obamacare was ostensibly going to reverse. Based on CBO projections published yesterday, health costs will continue their inexorable climb, approximately doubling within the next 25 years.
But has to remember the goal here. The goal is to get everyone dependent on Government -Only Health Care.
The very last thing on their minds is actual Health Care reform.
They want the whole thing to collapse so that you’ll go running to them and beg for your Lord and Masters graces.
And above all, that it was not their fault!
It was evil Corporate America.
This is a long game. They have been waiting for this for nearly a 100 years, they can wait another decade or so.
They want what they want, and they’ll happily destroy you to get it.
Confronted with this $2 trillion law’s undeniable failures, its cheerleaders are already making the pivot to their next bad idea, Single Payer Government Control of everything, but they want you to demand it first.
Pain first. Demand later.
That’s how it’s done in “compassionate”, “caring”, “Morally superior” Liberal Land!